January 21, 2017 Subject:
Keep on Growing
You know when I was going to as many shows as humanly possible and I had to jump off tour for whatever reason I probably couldn't remember today.
Well this would have been my next stop on Summer Tour 85. (Thanks to David Nolan R.I.P for playing it on the radio that summer at WBAI )
Good to hear this again after so many years.
about Keep on Growing-I loved the Dead covering this tune it was fun and loose and involved everyone including Brent. Little stuff like this just made the Dead the coolest band ever. And the Cryptical Breakout in 85 was pretty sweet as well.
January 2, 2014 Subject:
I had an average audience tape of his show over 25 years ago, the board evaded me until today. Imho, this is the mother of all Shakedowns. YESSSS!!!!
October 5, 2013 Subject:
Southern Dead Stomp Down
We drove down from Boston, 7 or 8 hrs, whoosh, arrived a bit late, during the Mexacali Blues. This show was a full on Southern Dead Head raging show. The Shakedown especially is a monster, one for the ages. THe whole show is smokin' hot.
December 7, 2011 Subject:
Had a great time at these two Merriweather shows, remember singing "it's all over now - find your shoes" along with the encore! :)
November 26, 2011 Subject:
Oh what a NIGHT!
This was a wonderful summer.One I will always remember.I was still blabbing about Hershey when we rolled into Merriweather and set up camp.Great vibes before the show and I ate two..too many of this and that.Miles of Smiles entering the venue!A nice 1/2 Step to open with an Memorable Keep on Growing and Big RR Blues.Then came the MONSTER 2nd set with Pre-Healy affects "Bobbie...Bobbie"prior to a SHAKEDOWN That rocked the house!!Everything that followed was solid and well played..with a very nice Cryptical>Drums>Space>Other One.Give this one a whirl Fo Sure!!!
September 9, 2009 Subject:
Stuck in Paradise
Jeff Moot you are right, this Shakedown is one of the best ever. Thanks Archive for making this a Curator's Choice, so I was able to stumble on it once again for a flashback...
The previous show was in Hershey PA on the 28th (a Friday night.) It's not a long haul to Merriweather, and so a large amount of heads wound up at the concert site 36 hours early, at sunrise on Saturday the 29th. So, the Staff is like, wait-there's no way these people are here to see Hall & Oats (or whoever the hell it was that played there Sat. the 29th) And they didn't want the two crowds intermingling.
So we never saw or heard that other crowd, and they didn't come into contact with us. More importantly, we also did not have to deal with ANY security or law enforcement whatsoever! The Scene that flourished on that beautiful, sunny Saturday is one special memory for me. It's etched into my mind- I can still see the brilliant dyes, the crystals, the smiling faces. Every deadhead let their freak flag wide and high. It was something to behold. Completely peaceful anarchy. And there were an abundance of highly potent mushrooms floating around, and it got pretty hot, so the beer was being consumed at a fast pace as well. It was a psychedelic bacchanalia.
The only bad part (which actually was very cool for everyone who was prepared for it) was that, as the line of deadhead vehicles made it's way, and then hit this open field, well, it was like a GA show. Everyone found their own spot, and proceeded to sprawl out with tents and whatnot. A shakedown developed, so that commerce within the community could be effective. But soon it dawned on everyone that there would be absolutely no physical way to drive a vehicle out that wasn't right near the entrance to the lot. We were stuck in Paradise!
September 8, 2009 Subject:
Red gels weeeeeeeeeeee lost my buddies, didnt hear a note ended up going to over 100 more beautiful times
May 28, 2009 Subject:
My First Show
This was my first show. I resisted going to see the Dead in 1983 and 1984 at Merriweather. I was too into Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Rush. Needless to say, this show started a movement that ended some 10 years and 50+ shows later. The Mississippi Half Step was Great! And to see Cryptical Envelopment in my first show was second to none. This show was a lot of fun from front to back. I kicked myself afterword for resisting the pull for so long.
May 1, 2009 Subject:
man, i've been looking everywhere for this version of shakedown. I had a tape given to me years ago that was labeled Laguna seca, and i THOUGHT the year was 85 on it. It had a killer version of shakedown on it. As it turns out, that was not part of the show, but rather filler taken from another source. I just realized it was from this show. I recall the ending of shakedown being sick, with brent doing some great keyboard/synth stuff, real dramatic... this is the version. awesome.